Goveland, CA — Forest officials are concerned the weather could cause more problems for firefighters. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning until Wednesday.
Forest Spokesperson Jerry Snyder says, “We are still concerned that the next couple of days could produce thunderstorms that could have some lightning. We are hoping that stays further up the mountain and doesn’t cause us any problems. We are preparing and looking at the assets we may need.”
The Rim Fire is still sitting at 11,000 acres. Snyder says forest fire officials are making progress laying some hand lines in to protect the communities of Groveland and Pine Mountain Lake. Officials with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office have been evacuating homes in the area of Clements and Ferretti Road. Spokesperson Scott Johnson says at 5pm deputies also went to Camp Tawonga and advised those still there they should leave the area for safety reasons. The Yosemite Vista Estate subdivision has also been evacuated due to a power outage.
There are still advisory evacuation notices for Buck Meadows, San Jose Family Camp, Rainbow Pool, Yosemite Inn, Early Intake, Evergreen Lodge, Packard Canyon and the Spinning Wheel Forest Service Facility. Officials have put in place a reverse 911 system to notify residents that are under an evacuation advisory. An evacuation center is up and running in the Manzanita Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. Tuolumne County Transit buses are staged at Mary Laveroni Park in Groveland, in the event that South County residents impacted do not have transportation to the evacuation center.
Because of the smoke, road closures and evacuations….The Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District has cancelled classes for Wednesday.
A special thanks to our community news partners Steffanie Reed, Nathan Grinsell David Wheat, and Darrick Shaw for sending in photos of the Rim Fire this afternoon.